Former Lions deal with Riley Reiff has been large piece of Vikings’ enchancment
For 5 years, Riley Reiff confirmed up for video games at Ford Discipline and headed into the Detroit Lions locker room. On Thursday, he’ll go the opposite method and enter the customer’s locker room.
“It’ll be bizarre,” Reiff stated.
The offensive deal with left the Lions as a free agent final March to signal a five-year, $58.75 million contract with the Vikings. On Thanksgiving, he might be again in Detroit.
Reiff is wanting ahead to the sport. Though the Lions put little effort into re-signing him, he insists he doesn’t have revenge on his thoughts.
“It’ll be enjoyable,” he stated. “I met plenty of good pals and plenty of good folks there they usually’re a very good workforce. We’re going to have to come back in there and play robust as a result of they’re a troublesome workforce. It’s an NFC North recreation, they usually’re going to be prepared. It’ll be enjoyable taking part in on Thanksgiving, too. It has a particular that means (in Detroit).”
Reiff has performed in 4 of the NFL’s annual Thanksgiving Day video games in Detroit, together with final yr when the Lions beat the Vikings 16-13.
“It’s a giant deal,” he stated. “They embrace it there. I really like taking part in on Thanksgiving. It’s a giant crowd, a giant stage. … They’ve acquired good followers. They get that stadium rocking. However we’ve acquired a purpose to go up there and get a W.”
Detroit Lions deal with Riley Reiff seems on the scoreboard in the course of the first half of an NFL soccer recreation, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Picture/Charles Rex Arbogast)Minnesota has received six straight video games and leads the NFC North with a Eight-2 document. The Lions are 6-Four and must win to remain within the race.
Because the left deal with, Reiff has performed a giant function for the Vikings. Minnesota quarterbacks have been sacked simply 10 occasions this season, and as soon as up to now 5 video games.
Final yr, opponents recorded 38 sacks towards the Vikings.
“The extent that Riley is taking part in at now could be a fairly excessive stage,” offensive line coach Tony Sparano stated.
Reiff was Detroit’s left deal with for 4 years after being taken out of Iowa with the No. 23 choose within the first spherical of the 2012 draft. After the Lions drafted Taylor Decker in 2016, he was inserted at left deal with and Reiff was moved to the proper aspect.
When Reiff grew to become a free agent, the Lions had been content material to let him go away and signed free agent Ricky Wagner to take over at proper deal with.
“I’ve moved ahead from that,” Reiff stated.
Reiff has develop into probably the most pivotal piece in a revamped Minnesota offensive line. Head coach Mike Zimmer made him considered one of six captains earlier than the season and he’s a candidate to make his first Professional Bowl.
“He’s only a good regular chief. He leads by instance,” stated guard Joe Berger. “He does issues proper and he works his tail off. He’s a terrific addition. The O-line type of goes the way in which he goes.”
The Lions beat the Vikings 14-7 on Oct. 1 at U.S. Financial institution Stadium; Reiff chatted with quite a few former teammates earlier than and after that recreation. And whereas he received’t admit to having any additional incentive to beat Detroit, Berger believes he does.
Berger is a 13-year veteran who beforehand has confronted his former groups.
“Any time you return and play your former workforce, you wish to win possibly somewhat bit greater than a daily recreation,” he stated. “I don’t know should you put together in a different way, but it surely positively feels higher on the finish when you possibly can soar on the bus with a win.”